ALAMEDA -- One thing Martez Wilson understands about life in the NFL is that you never stay in the same place too long.

Wilson finds himself wearing No. 52 for the Raiders, getting acclimated to a new system Friday on his second day with new teammates after starting the week with the New Orleans Saints.

``The coaches seem very excited,'' Wilson said. ``The players have been very warm and welcoming. From here, it's just go forward, execute and do the things I know I can do. I feel they'll allow me to do it and I'll continue to show them in practice. I'm excited and ready to ball out.''

Former Saints linebacker Martez Wilson is hoping to quickly contribute to the Raiders defense.
Former Saints linebacker Martez Wilson is hoping to quickly contribute to the Raiders defense. (Associated Press)

Wilson will have to wait at least a week for game action. Coach Dennis Allen said he doesn't expect Wilson to be among the 46 active players when the Raiders host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

A third-round draft pick by the Saints in 2011 (No. 72 overall), Wilson was waived so the club could promote Ryan Griffin from the practice squad.

Wilson showed some playmaking ability on special teams and as a pass rusher but fell out of favor with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who switched New Orleans to a 3-4 defense this season.

At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Wilson has more size than any linebacker on the roster and edge rushing ability that had him labeled by some scouts as an end. Last season against San Diego, Wilson had a strip sack of Philip Rivers where he recovered the fumble with 32 seconds left to clinch a 31-24 victory.


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The Raiders love versatility in their defenders, a trait coordinator Jason Tarver calls ``position flexibility.''

So while Wilson will primarily be a strong side or ``SAM'' linebacker and nickel rush end, he could wind up anywhere.

``He's a big guy, athletic. He can really run,'' Allen said. ``He did some good things there with the Saints, he did some good things on special teams. He's got some rush ability and he's a good guy as far as a coverage linebacker.

``He was a guy that we wanted to get in here and take a look and see what he can do.''

Wilson said he's up for whatever plan the Raiders have in mind.

``I can play every linebacker position there is,'' Wilson said. ``On the line of scrimmage, off the line of scrimmage. I can blitz, I can rush. I feel I'm capable of showing the coaching staff I'm very versatile with my ability and the sky's the limit.''

Cornerback Tracy Porter, who was a teammate of Wilson's in New Orleans in 2011, is expecting big things, noting Tarver's penchant for putting players in position to excel.

``I've definitely seen flashes of his athletic ablity the potential he has to provide sacks and rushes on the quarterback,'' Porter said.

To bring Wilson aboard, the Raiders waived defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, a sixth-round draft pick who began the season as part of the defensive tackle rotation but had seen his snaps dwindle in recent weeks.

``This is a production business and we're going to do everything we can to upgrade our football team,'' Allen said. ``We felt being able to take a look at Martez was a good chance for us to upgrade our roster.

Wilson is the sixth linebacker on the Oakland roster, with Miles Burris expected to begin practicing next week. The Raiders will then have three weeks to either add Burris to the 53-man roster, place him on injured reserve for the season or waive him.

-- Right tackle Tony Pashos was working with the athletic training staff for a short time before going back inside. He will likely be declared ``out'' Friday, with Matt McCants making his third straight start at right tackle.

Center Stefen Wisniewski was practicing for the third straight day and is expected to start. Center-guard Andre Gurode hasn't been on the field this week and likely won't play, with Lucas Nix starting at left guard and Mike Brisiel at right guard.

With tackle Menelik Watson (calf) also out, Allen said the Raiders will probably sign practice squad tackle Jack Cornell to the roster, meaning they'll need to cut a player.

-- Former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon was at practice Friday as part of the CBS television crew which will broadcast the game.

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